First we think of just a few people, then all
our neighbors, then all the people on the Big Island of Hawai'i, then
people on all eight Hawaiian Islands, then San Francisco. Mentally
expand in this way. Then gradually expand to all the people of this
earth and further into space. According to Buddhist teachings, there are
infinite galaxies and infinite people. Kind thought should extend
infinitely like that. This is the way to practice compassion or kindness. From the practical
viewpoint, kindness is very necessary in our daily lives. If we practice
kindness, we ourselves feel much happier. When we feel anger or hatred
we have no peace of mind; we forget the meaning of things. For example
at lunch if we had felt angry we would have lost our taste. If we feel
peaceful, calm, and tranquil, our food becomes very tasty. So you see,
in our daily lives, if we have peace of mind, calmness and tranquility,
inside we feel much better and happier. If you feel anger, bitterness or
hatred, you have no peace whether you are a president or a millionaire.
Hatred and anger are our enemies; they destroy our happiness in daily
life. Hatred and anger create trouble in our family, with our neighbors,
and on the national or international level. From a practical viewpoint,
anger is definitely not good. Nobody respects anger or wants anger.
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